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Career development after parenthood: choices, challenges and opportunities

Yates, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9235-564X (2020). Career development after parenthood: choices, challenges and opportunities. In: Cooper, C. and Karanika-Murray, M. (Eds.), Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents. . Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367222994


Work is central to many of our lives, but when children come along, our priorities shift and life becomes a lot more complicated. Working out how your career can fit into your new lifestyle is not easy. In this chapter we examine the different ways that parents’ careers develop, the struggles they face and the creative solutions they find. The options are illustrated with vignettes from a range of inspiring mothers and fathers who have found ways to make their choices work for themselves, their partners, their employers and their children, and the chapter ends with some ideas for making the options work, and a few thoughts about the role that society and employers can play to ensure that parents in the future find the compromises that they face easier to resolve.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents on 20 March 2020, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
Date available in CRO: 06 Jan 2020 10:34
Date deposited: 6 January 2020
Date of first online publication: 20 March 2020
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